Friday, July 14, 2017

New England Puppet Intensive 2017

Just got back from a fabulous 10 days at the New England Puppet Intensive.
Playing in one of David Lane's Puppets
I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in learning a variety of basic puppetry skills and movement exercises. This intensive workshop met from early morning until late at night.

Here we are in one of the many exercises we practiced. With a simple article of clothing and a larval mask, created using a plaster mold and latex, we learned how to work on focus and character.

Hillary & Baptiste exploring performance.
Hillary's Two Faced Larval Puppet Mask

Hillary playing in a larval mask.
 I am not someone who likes to perform unless it is behind a camera or puppet but wearing a mask also falls into that category. It takes the inhibition away when you have something to hide behind.

The workshop was led by David Lane of the Old Trout puppet company from Canada. 

David demonstrating the movement of one of his puppets.

We also made illuminated sculptures, which we performed with during an evening lantern procession choreographed by David. The theme for the sculptures or light puppets was the current exhibit of Helen Frankenthaler at the Clark Museum, just 5 minutes away from the Buxton School where we were staying. It looked like over 200 people showed up for the event! One of the comments overheard after the show was, "Well that wasn't what I expected!" It was pretty funny. I don't think the audience knew what to make of it.  I wish I had photos of the event. Here are a few of the process and rehearsal.

After the event-our illuminated sculptures leaning against the museum.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Robert Anton exhibit in NYC at Broadway 1602

 I wish I could be in New York to see this show. Luckily, the gallery has done a great job documenting it.
Installation of "The Theatre of Robert Anton", BROADWAY 1602 UPTOWN, December 7, 2016 - February 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump Head visits UC Santa Cruz

Photo by Becca for U of C chat.
One of my former students has become an activist! Here she is wearing her angry Trump head to a protest march on the UC Santa Cruz campus today. Yay Simone! You inspire me!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Otto the Bloodhound

A couple commissioned me to do a portrait of their Bloodhound, "Otto". The challenge was getting the floppy ears and tongue so I ended up using suede and fabric to get more movement in the piece.